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Last Summer in the City

Last Summer in the City

Author(s): Gianfranco Calligarich, Howard Curtis (Translator)

Location(s): Rome

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Late 1960s

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A cult classic of Italian literature published in English for the first time, with a foreword by André Acimen, author of Call Me By Your Name

In the late 1960s, Leo Gazzara left his family in Milan and moved to Rome for work. Soon unemployed, he has spent his time in an alcoholic haze, bouncing between hotels, bars, romantic entanglements, and the homes of his rich and well-educated friends. Rome is indifferent. Leo drifts, aimless and alone.

On the evening of his thirtieth birthday, he meets Arianna, a young woman who is both fragile and seductive. All night they drive the city in Leo’s run-down Alfa Romeo, talking and talking. They eat brioche for breakfast, drink through the dawn, drive to the sea and back. A whirlwind beginning. This is the story of the year Leo fell in love and lost everything.

Intense, brief, witty and devastating, Last Summer in the City is a newly rediscovered classic of Italian literature. Translated into English for the first time by Howard Curtis, Gianfranco Calligarich’s romantic and despairing debut is reminiscent of The Great Gatsby, The Sun Also Rises and The Catcher in the Rye.

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Author: Tina Hartas

3.5* “..Rome by her very nature has a particular intoxication...” This is the first time that this cult classic has been printed in English and, to get to this point, the script has certainly...

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A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

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